BlackBerry Storm Review (Verdict: Not Quite a Perfect Storm)

It's hard to overstate how important the BlackBerry Storm is to RIM and Verizon. It's RIM's bold effort to fend off the iPhone and Verizon's best hope for a star handset that draws people in, or at least keeps them from bailing. The Storm's major innovation is what RIM calls SurePress—the entire touchscreen is fat,… » 11/20/08 12:01am 11/20/08 12:01am

BlackBerry Storm Doesn't Need Wi-Fi or Tri-Band HSDPA Because Verizon Says So, Ok?

Though the omission » 10/31/08 6:20am 10/31/08 6:20am of two all-but-standard smartphone features from BlackBerry's Storm is disappointing, it isn't totally inexplicable. BGR has confirmed through a "really top-level" Verizon source that the crippling was — surprise! — carried out at the behest of the wireless company. Few wireless providers are…

Best Buy Product Sheet Backs BlackBerry Storm November 16th Release

A Best Buy presentation » 10/20/08 2:30pm 10/20/08 2:30pm leaked a couple of weeks ago revealed a November 16th "in-store" date for the BlackBerry Storm. A Best Buy product sheet recently obtained by BGR seems to back up this information citing an "in-stock" date for the same day. If this information is correct, the Storm could hit . []

Verizon's BlackBerry Storm Sign-Up Page Is Live

Want to be the first on your block with the " world's first touchscreen BlackBerry » 9/16/08 6:53pm 9/16/08 6:53pm"? Though it does confirm the BlackBerry Storm's CDMA + GSM global capabilities (like the BB 8830 on Verizon and Sprint), Verizon's Storm sign-up page says very little else. All that's there is a window for you to drop your e-mail address…

Official Verizon BlackBerry Storm Video Leaked, Actually Looks Kinda Pantsworthy

Update: New embedded video that actually works! » 9/15/08 8:30pm 9/15/08 8:30pm As , Verizon made its official internal announcement of the today, and ahold of the clip. If you look past the video's asstastic quality, you can see the Storm is way more polished than the various lead us . It really looks like a flagship phone now, actually worthy…

The BlackBerry Storm Should Launch on Verizon in November

If you have been wondering when you will finally be able to get your hands on the BlackBerry Storm / Thunder » 9/04/08 2:56pm 9/04/08 2:56pm, sources at BGR claim that it has just gone into technical acceptance and it has been delayed internally while the kinks are worked out. All-in-all we are looking at around 6-8 weeks here to get everything…

BlackBerry Storm Has Multiple Personalities: is BlackBerry Thunder

So after much to-ing » 8/28/08 9:00am 8/28/08 9:00am and , it looks like BlackBerry Storms BlackBerry Thunders ("...and violets are blue, I'm schizophrenic, and so am I" as a schoolyard song used to go.) The same device will bear two names: Storm for Verizon, Thunder for others like Rogers and Vodafone. It seems like there'll be an 8GB microSD card…

BlackBerry Thunder Coming To Verizon On October 13?

According to Boy Genius Report sources, the BlackBerry Thunder looks set to hit Verizon on October 13 as the BB9530. The tipster also sent an inventory list » 8/08/08 3:25pm 8/08/08 3:25pm from Verizon, which seems to confirm the model number for BlackBerry's first touchscreen offering. This seems to fall in line with earlier release rumors for the…

Touchscreen BlackBerry Storm First Live Shots

The burning question answered by these pics from CrackBerry: What does the touchscreen BlackBerry's keyboard look like? As rumored, landscape gets you full QWERTY, while portrait mode drops you to SureType to squeeze in all the buttons. It's straightforwardly utilitarian-taking up a massive amount of screen real… » 7/13/08 5:24pm 7/13/08 5:24pm

Confirmed: BlackBerry Thunder is Actually BlackBerry Storm, Release Not Delayed

Giz has learned from a solid source that the upcoming BlackBerry is definitely being called the "Storm" and not the "Thunder" as previously reported-proving that BGR had it all wrong all along. BGR was also incorrect in stating that the release would be delayed. In fact, our source claims that "It's on track and it… » 7/10/08 1:40pm 7/10/08 1:40pm

BlackBerry Thunder Has Multitouch, Though Still "Not Ready" Say Rumors

Over at Boy Genius Report they're reporting that an insider has labeled the BlackBerry Thunder "in no way shape or form market-ready." Apparently typing on the keyboard is incredibly annoying and the screen ripples at a slight touch. That's contrary to what you'd hope after yesterday's news, and it actually gets… » 7/09/08 7:58am 7/09/08 7:58am

BlackBerry Thunder Touch Keyboard Aims to Be Best Ever: Like a Giant Button With Haptics

The BlackBerry's keyboard is an object of worship, and RIM CEO Mike Lazaridis has publicly said the iPhone's touch keyboard sucks. So, the BlackBerry Thunder's touch keyboard had better be the best one you've ever smeared your fingerprints on. According to Crackberry, it has two big tricks: The screen itself is "sort… » 7/08/08 4:00pm 7/08/08 4:00pm

First Pics of Touchscreen BlackBerry Thunder in Action

Finally, pictures of the touchscreen BlackBerry Thunder in action. BlackBerry Sync has a pair for us: One showing the music player (which will have an integrated carrier music store, but hopefully not Verizon's UI, ugh) and another apparently recording a video. It's definitely super polished, as we'd expect from a… » 7/07/08 1:28pm 7/07/08 1:28pm

Touchscreen BlackBerry Thunder Is BlackBerry 9500, Has Higher Res Screen Than iPhone

A bit more tricklage on RIM's "Apple Killer," the touchscreen BlackBerry Thunder: The official model number is the BlackBerry 9500, and the touchscreen is a bit higher res than the iPhone's (360x480 to 320x480). It'll be running OS 4.7.0 (the Bold runs 4.6). As we inch closer to the September release date expect to… » 7/01/08 6:01pm 7/01/08 6:01pm

BlackBerry Thunder Features, Verizon Exclusivity Captured in the Wild

RIM's iPhone killer was conveniently seen in the wild by the folks over at the Boy Genius Report a day before Steve Jobs will take the stage at Apple's WWDC. BGR is claiming this is a live shot of the final device, which could hit store shelves and Apple's bottom line sometime in September. It bears a striking… » 6/08/08 12:42pm 6/08/08 12:42pm

Awful, Blurry Pic Reveals Touchscreen BlackBerry Thunder?

The tradition of "leaked" photos being blurry and godawful is an enduring and respected one, going back to the time of the bards. But this purported live shot of the touchscreen BlackBerry Thunder's shell is truly among the most epic in its fuzzy fail. Going for its authenticity is that RIM supposedly asked Horizon to… » 6/02/08 12:32pm 6/02/08 12:32pm

Regional Carriers Want the iPhone, Tell FCC to Ban Phone Exclusives

The wireless industry is essentially at the saturation point, so exclusive phones matter more than ever, especially ones like the iPhone for AT&T or the touchscreen Blackberry Thunder for Verizon, phones that really drive people to particular carriers. So it's no wonder the Rural Cellular Association (repping smaller… » 5/20/08 5:20pm 5/20/08 5:20pm

Wall Street Journal: Touchscreen BlackBerry Thunder Due by September

The Wall Street Journal confirms all of the details unearthed a few days ago about BlackBerry's touchscreen Apple killah: Dubbed Thunder, it's only got four physical keys and it'll be exclusive to Verizon Wireless in the US and Vodafone abroad. They also toss in a launch date—Q3 of this year, meaning September at the… » 5/16/08 1:10pm 5/16/08 1:10pm